Alan Dean: Rising Above Bias
Learn about Alan Paul Dean, Sr., who was the first African-American officer to serve on the Battleship Wisconsin. Dean, who was an Ensign on the ship from 1951 to 1953, was one of only six commissioned black officers on active duty at that time. Located in the Wisconsin’s Wardroom, the exhibit highlights and celebrates Dean’s military accomplishments and service during his tenure.
Art in the Guts of the Wisky
Hidden from public view and likely not sanctioned by the Navy, are several murals painted on the ship by sailors during the last years of the vessel’s 66-year history. View recreations of original artwork created by sailors on the Wisconsin.
Battleship Wisconsin Model
This model of the Battleship Wisconsin was built and donated to Nauticus by Master Model Maker, Keith Mullen, May 28, 2011. The ten-foot, 1/96 scale model represents Battleship Wisconsin in her 1988 configuration during her last tour of duty in 1991 when she served in Operation Desert Storm. The model can be viewed in the Wisconsin Vista.
A Capital Ship
The term “Capital Ship” has been used by battleship enthusiasts to emphasize the traditional role of big-gun warships in naval affairs. This exhibit explores the origin of the warship and its role in military warfare throughout history.
Suspended in Nauticus’ third floor is an actual Pioneer Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV) that flew off the fantail of the Battleship Wisconsin during the Persian Gulf War. Real-time video transmitted from cameras aboard Pioneer once enabled Wisconsinsailors to collect vital intelligence and improve the long-range accuracy of the big guns. This exhibit allows visitors to move the camera in this RPV and see what is going on in Nauticus’ third floor.
Wisky Walk: Fifty Years of Service
Presented by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, this exhibit chronicles the life and service of the Battleship Wisconsin and includes vivid photographs, video presentations, and a wide range of artifacts.
USS Wisconsin: The Last Battleship
This exciting film spans the 50-year history of the Battleship Wisconsin and presents true-life stories in the words of those who served on her. Archival footage shows the Battleship Wisconsin in action, from kamikaze attacks in World War II to Tomahawk missile launches in Operation Desert Storm. This film plays in the Wisconsin Vista on a continual loop.
An interactive experience overlooking the battleship, this exhibit uses cutting-edge multi-media technology and allows visitors to explore the main weapons systems and control spaces of the battleship. The adventure will enable visitors to see the ship as they have never seen a ship before!
NAUTICUS Mission Statement
NAUTICUS inspires and educates with engaging & interactive experiences that celebrate our connections with today’s maritime world. Nauticus is a contemporary museum that uses the natural setting of Norfolk’s harbor to showcase global maritime commerce and the world’s largest Navy.